[モスクワ １８日 ロイター] - The Russian Ministry of Defense announced on the 18th that it has deployed three MiG-31E fighters equipped with hypersonic missiles Kinzhal to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. The state-run Interfax news agency reported.
The fighters are said to be on duty 24 hours a day.
Kaliningrad is an enclave on Russia's Baltic coast between Poland and Lithuania, member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the European Union (EU). Tensions have risen in the region following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
The Finnish Ministry of Defense announced on the same day that two Russian MiG-31 fighter jets were suspected of violating its airspace near the city of Porvoo on the Gulf of Finland, 150 kilometers from Russia.
State Department spokesman Price said Washington was aware of Russia's announcement of the relocation of assets and said the move, which appears to be for defensive and deterrent purposes, was "nonsense." "Russia faces no threat from NATO. No threat from Finland or any other country," he said.